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Looking for a capable smartphone for under Php20,000? There are tons of options available out there and we’d be comparing two of them right here.

First, we have the POCO X3 GT, Xiaomi’s latest offering that’s appealing to a lot of people looking for a value-oriented smartphone.


We’d be comparing that to the Samsung Galaxy A52 — a similarly-priced midrange phone from one of the most popular brands in the world.


So the question is, which between the two is better? We find out in our POCO X3 GT versus Samsung Galaxy A52 specifications and features comparison.

POCO X3 GTSamsung Galaxy A52
Operating SystemAndroid 11
MIUI 12.5 for POCO
Android 11
Samsung One UI 3.1
Dual stand-by
Dual SIM
Dual stand-by
Display6.67-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
120Hz refresh rate
240Hz touch sampling rate
360-degree ambient light sensor
6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
90Hz refresh rate
Processor2.6GHz MediaTek Dimensity 1100 octa-core
LiquidCool Technology 2.0
2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core
GPUMali-G77 MC9Adreno 618
UFS 3.1
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD
Front Camera16-megapixel32-megapixel
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (macro, f/2.4)
LED flash
64-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS)
12-megapixel (f/2.2, ultra-wide)
5-megapixel (macro)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AudioNo headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
Hi-Res audio
Hi-Res wireless audio
X-axis haptic
No headphone jack
AKG-tuned stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
USB Type-C
4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Dimensions163.3 x 75.9 x 8.9mm159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4mm
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Back: Glass
Frame: Aluminum
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Back: Plastic
IP67 water resistant
ColorsWave Blue
Cloud White
Stargaze Black
Awesome Blue
Awesome Black
Awesome White
67W Turbo Charging
25W fast charging
Price8GB/128GB: Php15,990
8GB/256GB: Php17,990

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G shares the same clean design that its siblings have. It’s available in muted colors that actually look nice in the eyes. Plus, a matte plastic on the back that keeps it clean from fingerprint marks and smudges.


On the other hand, Xiaomi went with a more traditional look with the POCO X3 GT. It has a shiny glass-like plastic on the back with a bit of an over-the-top rectangular camera glass with a silver accent to highlight the main camera.

Still, it’ll be up to you to decide which looks better.


But as for the build, the POCO X3 GT clearly nailed this one. It features a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which used to be exclusive on expensive phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Although it would’ve been nice to see an official IP rating on this, like what the Galaxy A52 5G has.

Display and Audio

On this round, you have to decide which one is more important: quality or speed.


With the Galaxy A52, you’re getting a more vibrant and flexible Super AMOLED screen but with a slower 90Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the X3 GT only has an IPS panel but do have a much faster 120Hz refresh rate.

Moreover, the two also have stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos support. However, the X3 GT gets a one-up by having Hi-Res audio and Hi-Res wireless. A more advanced X-axis haptic motor is also present for a more detailed vibration system.

Hardware and Performance

Here’s a clear win for the X3 GT, which boasts a MediaTek Dimensity 1100 CPU 5G that can rival flagship-level CPUs. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A52 settles for a less powerful Snapdragon 720G chip that doesn’t even have 5G.


The POCO device also has a UFS 3.1 storage for faster saving times, data transfer, taking videos, and whatnot. It also features a newer WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 standard.


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An absolute win for the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. While they both have 64-megapixel cameras, the one on Samsung’s has optical image stabilization (OIS) for better low-light shots and steadier handheld video recording.


It also has sharper ultra-wide and selfie cameras plus, a dedicated depth sensor so you have a bragging right of owning a quad-camera smartphone. You can check camera samples in our full review.


A clear win for the POCO X3 GT. The 500mAh higher battery capacity means you can squeeze a couple of minutes, or even hours, out of this.


The best part is, it has a 67W Turbo charger that doesn’t only beat the 25W on the Galaxy A52, but almost all of the devices in this price range.


Well, we’ve got an obvious winner here. While they’re similarly priced, the POCO X3 GT is miles ahead of the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.


It has 5G connectivity to make it future-proof, a more powerful Dimensity 1100 processor, faster UFS 3.1 storage, sturdy glass, a bigger battery, and a much faster 67W charging. Unless having slightly better cameras and an AMOLED screen is really important, you’re better off with the X3 GT than the Galaxy A52.

What’s interesting is, even its top-tier model is cheaper than the latter. The X3 GT’s 8GB/256GB retails for Php17,990. That’s Php1,000 cheaper than the Galaxy A52’s only model, which is available for Php18,990.

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